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Birth Defects



B irth defects are abnormalities that occur during the development of a baby while in utero. Despite technological advancements and improvements in prenatal care, about 1 out of every 33 babies is born with a birth defect1, and sadly are the leading cause of death in infants2. Various factors can affect a fetus during a woman's pregnancy such as exposure to toxic chemicals or taking medications such as antidepressants or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The severity of birth defects can range from mild to severe and can affect almost any body part. Although there are specific tests that can help determine certain birth defects before birth, many are not discovered until after birth.

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Drucker Law Firm has over 30 years of litigation experience with leading drug companies, medical professionals, and other groups and individuals who try to negate their responsibility for the harm caused to you and your child. We have seen the trends and know the inner workings of birth defect cases. With this knowledge, we are able to offer you the compassion, respect, and justice that you deserve. Treating birth defects can be continuous and extremely draining, both emotionally and financially. You and your child may be eligible for compensation for damages, including out-of-pocket expenses related to caring for a loved one with a birth defect, emotional suffering, and projected limited activity due to the birth defect.

Some of the most common birth defects are:

Birth Defects

Birth Defects

  • Heart defects: As many as 1 in 100 babies in the United States are born with heart defects each year3. While advances in surgery have dramatically improved the outlook for affected babies, heart defects remain the leading cause of birth defect-related infant deaths4.
  • Cleft lip/palate: About 1 in 700 babies is born with cleft lip/palate each year3. Affected babies can have problems with eating, speech and language. Some have a small cleft that can be corrected with one surgical procedure, while others have severe clefts and need multiple surgeries.
  • Down's syndrome: This chromosomal abnormality affects about 1 in 800 babies in the United States3. Early intervention programs and treatment of associated health problems have greatly improved the outlook for affected individuals.
  • Spina bifida (open spine): This disorder affects about 1 in 2,500 babies in the United States each year3. Affected babies have varying degrees of paralysis and bladder and bowel problems.

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Negligence is not always the reason for birth defects. It is not uncommon for unforeseen complications to occur despite the best medical care. If you believe your child has a birth defect that was caused by negligence, it's important to seek professional help from an experienced attorney immediately. Not all birth defects are avoidable, so determining if an individual or group of individuals are responsible for complications leading to birth defects in your child takes experience, relationships, and patience. Drucker LawFirm offers all of these, along with the confidence of over 30 years of experience developing relationships and litigating birth defect cases.

The longer you wait, the more physical pain and emotional suffering you and your child endure. Contact Drucker Law Firm today for your free evaluation of your birth defect case. We can help you with determining the facts and offering legal guidance that best protects you and your child. It may be possible that you can receive compensation for negligence of an individual or group of individuals responsible for your child's birth defects.

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References

  1. Update on overall prevalence of major birth defects: Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 2005.MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2008:57:1-5.
  2. Martin JA, Kung HC, Mathews TJ, et al. Annual summary of vital statistics: 2006. Pediatrics 2008;121:788-801.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Birth Defects. Retrieved March 11, 2009.
  4. Kung, H., et al. Deaths: Final Data for 2005. National Vital Statistics Report, volume 56, number 10, April 24, 2008.

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